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Shoes: Pleasure & Pain

Remember when Naomi Campbell took that awful tumble down the runway at the Vivienne Westwood show in Paris in 1993?

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The shoe was an iconic, mock crocodile skin platform with NINE-inch heels! Oh, Naomi! 🤦🏽‍♀️

I recently had the opportunity to see these and other notably famous footwear in ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain,” the latest exhibit to hit the SCAD Fash Museum in Atlanta.

 

The exhibition explores the creativity, cultural significance and transformative power of shoes. It displays more than 200 pair of shoes, from ancient Egyptian slippers embellished with gold leaf and the seductive red soles of Christian Louboutin heels, to cutting-edge designs created by contemporary designers experimenting with new materials and the latest technology.

Naomi’s isn’t the only celebrity foot to grace shoes on display. Platform boots worn by Sir Elton John, Princess Diana’s last shoes and David Beckham’s soccer cleats are also on display.

It also features styles by numerous noteworthy designers and labels including Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Nike. There are also two iconic pairs of shoes from film history — the famous red ballet slippers from the film “The Red Shoes” (1948) and the Swarovski crystal slippers featured in Disney’s “Cinderella” (2015).

‘Shoes’ is curated around five themes: Transformation, Status, Seduction, Creation and Obsession.

My favorite is “Creation” because it really digs into a more forward-thinking and sustainable approach to shoe design with shoes made of rubber, fiberglass and even from a 3-D printer.

Even better, an app was created as the digital guide, which was extremely helpful. Cameras are not allowed inside the exhibit, but as a natural-born rebel I managed to sneak a few. Check out Shoes at SCAD Fashion Museum until August 13, 2017.

 

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Oh, and because it was a lazy Sunday for me…check out the kicks I wore that day. They brought great pleasure and NO pain!

 

 

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